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Hiking, Smoky Mountains, Southeast / 13.12.2008

I left directly from work Friday afternoon and drove through Robbinsville, NC on the way to Twenty-Mile Ranger Station in the Smokies. Along the way it had been raining and as I reached Robbinsville there was a mix of rain and snow. I arrived late at night with the snow coming down. Several young guys arrived and parked soon after I pulled in. They were planning to night hike to the top of Gregory Bald. My plan was more modest and involved hiking a mile or so into...

Hiking / 06.12.2008

Picked up a cheap down vest from Lands End and I bought an REI compression sack big enough to barely fit two sleeping bags. The two bags, a -25 degree bag and a 40 degree down bag should help keep me warm. I am also adding my fleece shirt and probably my ski pants. Checking the weather forecast, this might be overkill. Snow has been dropped from the forecast. Need to make up my mind about the ski pants and the 2nd sleeping bag. I'll be warm while...

Hiking, Prospective Hiking Itinerary / 29.11.2008

Here is a plan to connect the 36 miles of trails from Arkaqhah to AT to Coosa Backcountry Trail into a loop. Might need about 10 - 15 miles of trailblazing and road walking. The video is a 3D Aerial of a portion of the route from Arkaqhah parking to Hwy 19/129 near Beasley Knob. YouTube - Arkaqhah-Coosa Connector Trail 3D Map Tour  [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ptg-iZ5FDgU&hl=en&rel=0] ...

Hiking, Southeast / 26.11.2008

Arkaqhah Trail Hike November 26, 2008 Started at Track Rock Gap at 8:30 AM. The temperature was 24 degrees. The trail starts uphill and after a few hundred yards turns left following the hillside and angling upward. Within 10 – 15 minutes at a big rock just to the left, the trail crosses from one hill to another at the head end of a gully. From there, the trail soon begins to climb steeply straight up the fall line with a break of a climb not quite as steep...